Jacob arrives at second in no time
Endurance, fitness and concentration.
Three key skills when you are racing at full speed for 12 minutes around a dirt track with six jumps and Jacob Klaus proved he has them all after finishing second overall at Labour Weekend’s All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Nationals.
The 14-year-old Matamata College student who is a member of the Patetonga Club has only been racing a short time but has already made a big impression with his skill and consistency on the track.
‘‘ There are seven races at the nationals and you get points, first gets 25, second 22, third 20 and so on. On the Saturday I did four races and got three thirds and a fifth, on Sunday I did three races and got a second, a third and a fourth,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all about having a reliable bike and actually finishing, performing consistently at the event. Some people are really good but they don’t have a reliable bike.’’
And then there is the ability to cope with pressure and adjust tactics.
‘‘You have to know how to handle the bike, knowing the right place to pass,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s about picking your moment, following the others, keeping right behind them and putting the pressure on. When they are under pressure they make mistakes.’’
Currently racing in the 12-16-year-old category, Jacob plans to be around for a while.
‘‘The next one up is premier/ open expert. When you turn 15 you can move up a class but I’ll probably stay in 12-16. My aim is to go to the North Island Champs next year, then the Nationals again.’’
But his ultimate goal is to race overseas.
‘‘ It is popular in Aussie and America, it’s really big in the USA. Eventually I would like to go there. I just enjoy the sport.’’
ATV: Jacob Klaus on his Honda TRX300EX.